Photography

The Crocker Art Museum’s photography collection is international in scope and diverse in subject matter. Strengths of the collection are American photographs of the late 1800s and early 1900s, as well as straight, documentary, and street photography. Historic and contemporary images of the American West add to the rich history of the Museum and document Sacramento’s place within the development of California. A broad range of photographic media in the collection, from daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes, to albumen prints, gelatin silver prints, and digital prints, provide opportunities for engagement with a variety of artistic processes.

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  • Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984)
    Oak Tree, Sunset City. 1962.
  • Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984)
    Monolith: the Face of Half Dome, Yosemite, California. 1927 (printed 1979).
  • Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984)
    Alfred Stieglitz and Painting by Georgia O'Keeffe, An American Place, New York. 1944.
  • Bill Owens (American, born 1938)
    Our house is built with the living room in the back, so that in the evenings we sit out front of the garage and watch the traffic go by. 1968–72.
  • Brett Weston (American, 1911–1993)
    Dunes. 1947.
  • Cara Romero (Chemehuevi, b. 1977)
    Coyote Tails, No. 1. 2018.
  • Carleton Emmons Watkins (American, 1829–1916)
    Three Large Gold Nuggets. circa 1865–1870.
  • Carleton Emmons Watkins (American, 1829–1916)
    A Camping Party in Yosemite. circa 1865–1866.
  • Carleton Emmons Watkins (American, 1829–1916)
    Big Tree, Yosemite Valley. circa 1860–1870.
  • Dorothea Lange (American, 1895–1965)
    Texas Drought Refugees in Cotton Camp Near Exeter, CA. Nov. 1936.
  • Edward Henry Weston (American, 1886–1958)
    Pots: Heaped Black Ollas in the Oaxaca Market. 1926.
  • Edward Henry Weston (American, 1886–1958)
    Portrait of David McAlpin. circa 1938.
  • Edward Henry Weston (American, 1886–1958)
    Untitled Nude (Charis). 1934.
  • Emmy Lou Packard (American, 1914–1998)
    Frida's Dresser, My Face Reflected. 1941.
  • Gonkar Gyatso (Tibetan, born 1961)
    My Identity #1. 2003.
  • Gonkar Gyatso (Tibetan, born 1961)
    My Identity #2. 2003.
  • Gonkar Gyatso (Tibetan, born 1961)
    My Identity #4. 2003.
  • Gonkar Gyatso (Tibetan, born 1961)
    My Identity #3. 2003.
  • Harold E. Edgerton (American, 1903–1990)
    Gustave Solomons, Dancer. 1960.
  • Helen Levitt (American, 1913–2009)
    New York. 1938.

Tour: For America and Beyond

In this guided tour, feast on masterworks by American artists featured in "For America: Paintings From the National Academy of Design," and "Legends from Los Angeles: Betye, Lezley, and Alison Saar," in the Crocker Collection, currently on view.

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In Motion: A Panel Discussion About Dance on Film

Tapping into the connection between Rady’s exquisite forms and the imagery of dance, this interactive discussion celebrates the multimodal nature of dance on film.

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